Posts Tagged “hung parliament”

Our worst nightmare? Peter Kellner’s scenario 3: “Lib Dems choose who’s the PM”

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2014

Just over a year ago I wrote a piece titled Nightmare scenarios: what are the 2015 election results the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour most dread? In it, I argued that the trickiest prospect for the Lib Dems would be an evenly poised general election outcome in which the Lib Dems held the balance of […]

5 things Nick Clegg could do next

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2014

My last piece of advice to Nick Clegg was to stand down as Lib Dem leader. He didn’t, and it’s pretty clear now that Nick will lead us into the next general election. Two problems remain, though, and we need to find ways of addressing them. First, morale in the party has dipped since the […]

Hung Parliament: what Lib Dem members think will happen… and what you want to happen

by Stephen Tall on September 15, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Almost 700 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. 76% of Lib Dem members predict another hung parliament in 2015 What […]

A reply to Tom Harris: Lib Dems wait for the voters to speak. (It’s called democracy, and we kind of like it).

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2010

Labour MP Tom Harris, bless him, is clearly feeling a little bit insecure, as the Lib Dems enjoy a successful conference with a spring in their step and the full glare of the media spotlight. Tom’s blog is a good, fun read – but like his Tory equivalent Iain Dale, he has a bit of […]

5 reasons Nick Clegg should rule out a coalition now

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2010

With most polls showing the next election could result in a hung parliament, there has been various speculation about what the Lib Dem position would be. I think it’s time for Nick Clegg to make an unambiguous statement that the party would not enter a coalition with either Labour or the Tories. Here are my […]

Clegg to rule out any form of Lib Dem coalition

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2010

The Guardian has the story:
The Liberal Democrats are planning to rule out forming a coalition government with either the Conservatives or Labour if Nick Clegg holds the balance of power in a hung parliament after the general election. … senior Lib Dems are making clear that Clegg has no interest in taking cabinet posts and […]

Boris and Wolf: The two best arguments in favour of a hung parliament

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2010

Two articles by broadsheet columnists on the prospect of a hung parliament bookended this week. In their contrasting ways, both made a convincing pitch for the attractions of neither Labour nor Tories ending up with an overall majority at the next general election.
First up is Martin Wolf from the Financial Times, writing today that Britain […]

Hung parliament – 63% of Lib Dem members back equidistance from Labour and Tories

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2010

Ah, the question the media loves, and Lib Dems hate: just who would the party back if there were a hung parliament?
Now we’ve asked this question before in an attempt to get the media to understand the position of Lib Dem members (despite the wilful attempts of BBC2’s The Daily Politics to mislead viewers […]

Over at The Guardian’s Comment Is Free … ‘Hung parliament: the biggest ‘What if?”

by Stephen Tall on January 6, 2010

I’ve an article published today on The Guardian’s Comment Is Free website looking at how Nick Clegg has responded to the sudden bout of speculation regarding the Lib Dems’ intentions in the event of a ‘hung parliament’. The specific question (…)

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Is this the laziest piece of political journalism ever?

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2010

Well, no, it’s probably not. But it must at least qualify for the laziest piece of journalism this decade. I refer to today’s Independent article, ‘Clegg faces party backlash over Tory alliance’, by Nigel Morris and Michael Savage. Oh, go on, then, here’s a link if you must; though I begrudge handing them the traffic. […]